List of Governors of Oklahoma

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The following is a list of Governors of the State of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Territory.

List of Governors

Governors of Oklahoma Territory

Oklahoma Territory was formally organized on May 2, 1890.

As secretaries of Oklahoma Territory in 1891 and 1901 respectively, Robert Martin and William C. Grimes both served as acting governor whenever the presidentially appointed governorship was vacant.

Parties

  Republican (6)   Democratic (1)

# Picture Governor
(Birth–Death)
Party Took office Left office Appointing President Notes
1 GeorgeWashingtonSteele.jpg   George Washington Steele
(1839–1922)
Republican May 22, 1890 October 18, 1891 Benjamin Harrison
Robert Martin.jpg   Robert Martin
(1833–1897)
Republican October 18, 1891 February 1, 1892 Acting
2 Abraham Jefferson Seay.jpg   Abraham Jefferson Seay
(1832–1915)
Republican February 1, 1892 May 7, 1893 Benjamin Harrison
3 William Cary Renfrow.jpg   William Cary Renfrow
(1845–1922)
Democratic May 7, 1893 January 31, 1897 Grover Cleveland
4 Cassius McDonald Barnes.jpg   Cassius M. Barnes
(1845–1925)
Republican January 31, 1897 April 15, 1901 William McKinley
5 William Miller Jenkins.jpg   William Miller Jenkins
(1856–1941)
Republican April 15, 1901 November 30, 1901
William Grimes.jpg   William C. Grimes
(1857–1931)
Republican November 30, 1901 December 9, 1901 Acting
6 Thompson Benton Ferguson.jpg   Thompson Benton Ferguson
(1857–1921)
Republican December 9, 1901 January 5, 1906 Theodore Roosevelt
7 Frank Frantz.jpg   Frank Frantz
(1872–1941)
Republican January 5, 1906 November 16, 1907

Governors of the State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory joined the Union as the State of Oklahoma on November 16, 1907.

Parties

  Democratic (22)   Republican (5)

# Picture Governor
(Birth–Death)
Party Took office Left office Lt. Governor Notes
1 Governor haskell.JPG   Charles N. Haskell
(1860–1933)
Democratic November 16, 1907 January 9, 1911   George W. Bellamy
2 Lee Cruce.jpg   Lee Cruce
(1863–1933)
Democratic January 9, 1911 January 11, 1915   J. J. McAlester
3 RobertLWilliams.jpg   Robert L. Williams
(1868–1948)
Democratic January 11, 1915 January 13, 1919   Martin E. Trapp
4 JBA Robertson 1920.jpg   James B. A. Robertson
(1871–1938)
Democratic January 13, 1919 January 8, 1923   Martin E. Trapp
5 Jack Walton.jpg   Jack C. Walton
(1881–1949)
Democratic January 8, 1923 November 19, 1923   Martin E. Trapp
6 MartinETrapp.jpg   Martin E. Trapp
(1877–1951)
Democratic November 19, 1923 January 10, 1927 vacant
7   Henry S. Johnston
(1867–1965)
Democratic January 10, 1927 March 20, 1929   William J. Holloway
8 Governor William Holloway.jpg   William J. Holloway
(1888–1970)
Democratic March 20, 1929 January 1, 1931 vacant
9 Murray 3820618984 5cb0d9555b o.jpg   William H. Murray
(1869–1956)
Democratic January 1, 1931 January 14, 1935   Robert Burns
10 E. W. Marland (Oklahoma Governor).jpg   E. W. Marland
(1874–1941)
Democratic January 15, 1935 January 9, 1939   James E. Berry
11 Leon Phillips 1938.jpg   Leon C. Phillips
(1890–1958)
Democratic January 9, 1939 January 11, 1943   James E. Berry
12 Robert S. Kerr.jpg   Robert S. Kerr
(1896–1963)
Democratic January 11, 1943 January 13, 1947   James E. Berry
13 Roy J. Turner.jpg   Roy J. Turner
(1894–1973)
Democratic January 13, 1947 January 8, 1951   James E. Berry
14 Gov Johnston Murray.jpg   Johnston Murray
(1902–1974)
Democratic January 8, 1951 January 10, 1955   James E. Berry
15 Raymond Gary.jpg   Raymond D. Gary
(1908–1993)
Democratic January 10, 1955 January 12, 1959   Cowboy Pink Williams
16 JHEdmondson.jpg   J. Howard Edmondson
(1925–1971)
Democratic January 12, 1959 January 6, 1963   George Nigh
17 George Nigh 1972.jpg   George Nigh
(1927–)
Democratic January 6, 1963 January 14, 1963 vacant
18 BellmonHL.jpg   Henry Bellmon
(1921–2009)
Republican January 14, 1963 January 9, 1967   Leo Winters
19 Dewey Bartlett.jpg   Dewey F. Bartlett
(1919–1979)
Republican January 9, 1967 January 11, 1971   George Nigh
20 David Hall (Oklahoma Governor).jpg   David Hall
(1930–2016)
Democratic January 11, 1971 January 13, 1975   George Nigh
21 Senator David Boren.jpg   David L. Boren
(1941–)
Democratic January 13, 1975 January 8, 1979   George Nigh
22 George Nigh (cropped).jpg   George Nigh
(1927–)
Democratic January 8, 1979 January 12, 1987   Spencer Bernard
23 BellmonHL.jpg   Henry Bellmon
(1921–2009)
Republican January 12, 1987 January 14, 1991   Robert S. Kerr III
24 David Walters.jpg   David Walters
(1951–)
Democratic January 14, 1991 January 9, 1995   Jack Mildren
25 Frank Keating at a conference, Oct 20, 2001 - cropped.jpg   Frank Keating
(1944–)
Republican January 9, 1995 January 13, 2003   Mary Fallin
26 BradhenryDEA.jpg   Brad Henry
(1963–)
Democratic January 13, 2003 January 10, 2011   Mary Fallin (Republican)
Jari Askins (Democratic)
27 Governor Mary Fallin May 2015.jpg   Mary Fallin
(1954–)
Republican January 10, 2011 Incumbent   Todd Lamb

Other high offices held

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Oklahoma except where noted. * denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
George Washington Steele 1890–1891 (territorial) U.S. Representative from Indiana
William H. Murray 1931–1935 H First Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
E. W. Marland 1935–1939 H
Robert S. Kerr 1943–1947 S
J. Howard Edmondson 1959–1963 S*
Henry Bellmon 1963–1967
1987–1991
S
Dewey F. Bartlett 1967–1971 S
David Boren 1975–1979 S President of the University of Oklahoma
Frank Keating 1995–2003 United States Associate Attorney General; United States Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Mary Fallin 2011–present H

Living former U.S. governors of Oklahoma

As of January 2017, there are five former U.S. governors of Oklahoma who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of Oklahoma being George Nigh (served 1963 and 1979-1987, born 1927). The most recent U.S. governor of Oklahoma to die was David Hall (served 1971–1975, born 1930), on May 6, 2016. The most recently serving governor of Oklahoma to have died was Henry Bellmon, who served his second non-consecutive term from 1987 to 1991 and died in 2009.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
George Nigh 1963
1979–1987
(1927-06-09) June 9, 1927 (age 91)
David L. Boren 1975–1979 (1941-04-21) April 21, 1941 (age 77)
David Walters 1991–1995 (1951-11-20) November 20, 1951 (age 66)
Frank Keating 1995–2003 (1944-02-10) February 10, 1944 (age 74)
Brad Henry 2003–2011 (1963-07-10) July 10, 1963 (age 55)

See also

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